I haven’t wanted to see this many summer movies in years. That’s all I can say, really. It’s just been a long time since there were so many movies I was willing to go out of my way to see in the course of a few months. Looper, Paranorman, Brave, Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter, The Dark Knight Rises. And Prometheus, am I right? Damn, Prometheus looks good. These all look amazing and they really strike a cord with my personal tastes.
It’s been a long time since I have felt this way about summer movies, and I can’t figure out why. When I was a kid, summer movies were one of the things I looked forward to the most. I went to see a movie every couple of weeks, at least. It was the key way to get together with a bunch of friends for a couple of hours and geek out over something we had been salivating about for a few months. But the last couple of years I have found myself going to movies less and less, and I find it hard to believe that there was just nothing out that even remotely interested me. Last year, I can only remember one movie I went to in the summer. One. Out of all the summer films I remember, Captain America is the only one that comes to mind. Why? I know I saw at least one other and I’m sure I liked it, too, but I can’t remember a thing.
I’m no film buff by any means, and I may not have the most diverse tastes but I try to be open to ideas my friends put forward and go see a movie I may not have liked the trailer for. I don’t know a thing about the movie industry, either so I am not going to say it’s dying or that they’re out of ideas, because I’m sure it’s been said by people who are far more knowledgable than
me. And I don’t think it’s because I didn’t know about the movies, because I
fairly regularly check Apple trailers just to see what is coming out–and that’s on top of my buddy Ryan, who is the physical embodiment of film.
This really gets me thinking if I’m the only one like this. I have heard rumblings from
the movie industry about how much money they are losing these days to other markets, internet piracy chiefly among them. How you can download the movie instead of buying it when it goes to print or even when it’s still in theaters. I think there are greater distractions out there these days, too. Movies haven’t become a novelty, but have slid to the back of our minds when it comes to what we want to spend our time on in this world where we are always connected by a new form of technology or entertainment. Makes me sad when I think of all the good times I have had with friends at the theater and all the times I used to beg my parents for that precious trip to see a movie I wanted to see.
Maybe I’m just making all this up, maybe I’m the only one who feels this way, maybe I have a short attention span and maybe it could be one of a million things, but I’m happy to have so many movies to see this summer. I’m happy to see so many genres I love getting their due by a director I love (Prometheus, I’m looking at you) and I’m glad I’m going to be able to relive some of those old days when I am sitting around with my friends repeating “God it was so goooooooood!” over and over again in our living rooms. Hopefully this year will break a cycle.